Indeed, the latest reports of former Lagos governor and the current Federal minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola “discovering” a camcorder planted supposedly by dubious characters is at once ridiculous and an insult to the intelligence of Nigerians.
— Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) October 25, 2020
It is bad enough that the Lagos government is conveniently running around acknowledging its place in the Lekki shooting that took place on Tuesday, October 20. It is bad enough that the lives of innocent protesters are being weaved into silly political dramas, with Nigerian politicians working to outdo one another in theatrical performances. It is bad enough that no one is being held accountable for innocent Nigerians getting killed for asking not to be killed.
That this latest development is rising at this time is not merely infuriating. It is a perfect means to understanding how little regard the Nigerian government have for its people. Yes, common knowledge, but this is a low, low blow.
It is a good thing that the #EndSARS movement was right to have expanded beyond a fight against police brutality. It grew out of the linear demand for better policing into an interrogation of the rotten system that sustains such our deplorable security structure. Unbelievable behaviours such as this – a bunch of government officials going to inspect a crime scene five days after it had been cleaned out by LAWMA, and in the process of taking in the salvaged and cleared out wreck, find “evidence” that could help reveal more about an event they have mostly tried to undermine can no longer be acceptable.
The Nigerian government must begin to regard its citizens as full-bodied humans with critical thinking while carrying out its duties. It can no longer be okay for ridiculous “discoveries” like this to be given any weight. It shouldn’t even be a possibility.
So yes, while we divulge this truly meme-worthy piece of development, we must never let it get past that; a joke. We must go past that and press for answers. We owe this much to ourselves, to the movement we all birthed.
Nelson C.J is a culture writer with works in The New York Times, Xtra Magazine, OkayAfrica, Black Youth Project, AfroPunk, and a few other spaces. You can find him saving dog pictures on Twitter.